South Atlantic Building Trends


In today’s The Wall Street Journal there is an article titled, Mapping the Material World, which summarizes construction materials being used by builders across the country.  The article compares materials being used in 2006 to what was used in 2011.  The data was provided by The National Association of Home Builders Research Center who surveys builders on an annual basis.  The country is divided into nine geographical regions, and materials vary from region to region.  Georgia is included with Florida, the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia in the South Atlantic Region. 

In the kitchen, the use of bronze fixtures increased from 8 percent to 31 percent.  We use bronze kitchen fixtures in traditional design homes and chrome in our modern prairie and modern style homes.  The use of granite countertops in the kitchen increased 8 percent.  We use granite in our kitchens and bathrooms and have started using quartz countertops.  Hardwood floors increased from 31 percent to 43 percent.  We install red oak hardwood floors in our homes and typically include hardwoods on the main level and sometimes on the stairs, upstairs hallway and master bedroom.  The use of concrete pavers on the patio has increased 23 percent, and the use of treated wood as a deck surface has decreased 21 percent.  Most of our homes are built on a crawl space or basement, and we continue to use treated wood for our decks. 

The kitchen pictured above is from one of our latest modern prairie style homes in historic Druid Hills.  The kitchen features hardwood floors, quartz countertops and a stainless steel farm sink with chrome fixture. 

We are currently building in Brookhaven, Lynwood Park, Buckhead, Lavista Park, Decatur, Oakhurst, Candler Park, Virginia Highland, Glenwood Park and Old Fourth Ward.  View all the details of our current listings here.  For more information about homeownership or real estate investment in Atlanta call Jim LaVallee at 404-847-9080 or write For more information about commercial real estate operations or investment visit


2017-08-29T17:44:32+00:00 November 30th, 2012|Uncategorized|